Question: What has 100 legs, 100 wheels, wobbles when it rolls, can’t throw and steer at the same time and takes more than two hours to go three miles?
Answer: The motley crew of bicyclists who took the Order of Venus up on an invitation to ride in Monday night’s parade through downtown Mobile.
This very unusual experience began to take shape in late January, when word began to spread via the Mobilians on Bikes page on Facebook: The Order of Venus had invited interested bicyclists to participate in their upcoming Mardi Gras parade. Details were spelled out on an accompanying events page.
On Monday, night, in accordance with those instructions, elaborately dressed bicyclists began lining up their rides on Claiborne Street outside the Mobile Civic Center. Most had made some effort to decorate their bikes; everyone seemed to have come up with their own method of carrying beads and other throws.